Hour of Code 2022

After a break due to the Covid-19 pandemic, The Hub was able to host Hour of Code again from December 5-9, 2022! Our Skills & Soup participants had fun coding dance parties and more!

The Hour of Code is organized by Code.org, and is a global movement in 180+ countries, with 61,437 events registered in 2022. Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify “code”, to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science.

Since 2016, The Hub has taken part in the annual event, but it doesn’t stop there! Led by Thejane Malakane, participants at Skills & Soup and at our outreach sessions in digitally excluded communities regularly learn coding by playing Scratch.

Learning to code doesn’t just set students up for career opportunities later on in life; it also provides a host of soft skills and benefits.

Reasons Why Kids Should Learn to Code

7 Reasons why kids should learn to code:

1. Coding boosts problem-solving skills

2. Coding improves computational thinking

3. Coding encourages persistence

4. Coding teaches creativity

5. Coding helps teach digital literacy

6. Coding is a career-building skill

7. Coding improves confidence and communication skills

In addition to our weekly Skills & Soup participants joining Hour of Code, “Sir”, as the participants call him, Thejane Malakane walked for more than an hour (one way) with 16 of his students from Toloane Primary School to partake in Hour of Code at The Hub!

Special thanks to Glasswaters Foundation for their support of Skills & Soup at The Hub! Thanks also to Vodacom Lesotho Foundation for providing The Hub with high-speed internet!